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Ahead of his September 25 unification bout with undefeated Oleksandr Usyk, Nigeria-British pugilist, Anthony Joshua, is intensifying his preparations by hitting the streets.
The WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion usually posts pictures of himself training in the gym with the focus on weightlifting and core exercises; however, he uploaded footage and snaps of himself out on a run to his Instagram account.
Cardio remains an important part of Joshua’s routine as he recently revealed his intention to reduce the size of his frame.
Said Joshua to Sky Sports: “I do look at my weight but I’m not trying to make weight because I’m a heavyweight.
“I tailor my training. I am getting a lot of experience, I’ve been fighting good fighters for a long time, I’ve studied them and learned about their training camps. I’ve learned how to condition my body for specific fights. I’m looking trim for this fight.
“i’m fighting a guy who is a 12-round fighter. So it would be silly of me to go in there bulky with my muscles screaming for oxygen. I’ve been training like a 15-round fighter in this camp. I will be well-conditioned to fight. That is key.
“What happens when I train that way? My body adapts and takes its natural form. This is the form it has taken”.
Joshua is expected to dispatch Usyk with many believing he will knock out the former undisputed cruiserweight champion.
Said Joshua has not visualised an end to the fight: “I was watching [Evander] Holyfield and [James] Quick Tillis today and he was saying how he was gonna come and bring war.
“And if he wins, he’s gonna fight Tyson and rematch him. And he lost, I think it was in the fifth round.bSo it just shows whatever I say, whatever people say, it only matters when you’re in the ring. I respect it, everyone is entitled.’